The trinity of standardization


The need for safe use of products among the Global Community is both understood and paramount.

The three building blocks of safe, compatible, reliable and secure products are

  • standardization,
  • demonstration of conformity, and
  • evaluation of competence in combination with traceability.

The dependency of this trinity needs close cooperation between the parties (eg Suppliers, Users, Regulators, Consumers), and their experts.

Do the current standards meet the requests of the different parties? Why do the IEC systems issue own interpretation sheets? Why do the IEC conformity assessment systems add peer assessment to accreditation?

Representatives of different parties will discuss the challenges and shall come up with new approaches for efficient solutions.


Chris Agius

Executive Secretary

Chris Agius is Executive secretary of IECEx (equipment, services and personnel competencies for explosive atmospheres ) and IECQ (supply chain of products, avoiding counterfeit products, hazardous substances).

Sonya Bird

International Standards Manager
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Sonya Bird is the International Standards Manager in the Global Standards Division of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).  In this role, she leads UL’s international standards outreach and international harmonization activities. She is a member of the US National Committee (USNC) to the IEC, and was recently elected as USNC Vice-President Technical. In this position, she will chair the Technical Management Committee of the USNC, and she will also represent the US on the IEC Standards Management Board (SMB).
Sonya Bird has served as the Secretary of IEC TC 61, Safety of Household and Similar Electrical Appliances, for approximately 10 years.  She was awarded the IEC Thomas A. Edison award during the 2013 IEC General Meeting for her work as IEC TC 61 Secretary.

Ralf Egner

Head of the division “Product- and Installation Safety, Telecommunication and EMC”
Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS)

Mr. Ralf Egner completed his studies with the Master in Electrical Engineering in January 1988.
Since February 1988 he has gained professional experience as Development Engineer for Measuring and Test Equipment for the VDE Testing and Certification Institute located in Offenbach, Germany, and as team leader for product certification according to Canadian CSA-standards in cooperation with CSA.
From October 1994 to December 2009 he worked for DATech (former accreditation body active in the field of electrical engineering) Among others, he was responsible for the assessment of laboratories and certification bodies worldwide.
Since January 1st, 2010, Mr. Egner has been working as Head of Division “Product and Installation Safety, Telecommunication and EMC” for the “Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH ( DAkks);
During his professional career he has also gained broad experience as German representative in committees of EA (European Cooperation for Accreditation) and IAF (International Accreditation Forum). Since 1997 he has been active as EA evaluator and from 2004 to 2014 as EA team leader for the evaluation of European accreditation bodies.

Dr. Klaus Kress

Head of Certification
VDE Testing and Certification Institute

Dr. Klaus Kress is Head of Certification at VDE Testing and Certification Institute. He is the speaker of the German delegation at IECEE CMC and member of the Board of Directors of the European Testing Inspection Certification System. As a chairman he is involved in the European HAR scheme for cable and cords and in the German GS Mark scheme for electrical products.

Jim Matthews

Corning Incorporated

Jim Matthews is director of worldwide standards engineering activities in Corning Incorporated. Corning is a leading in display Technologies and optical communications businesses. Jim is serving as Vice-President of the International Electrotechnical Commission
(IEC) and Chairman of the Standardization Management Board (SMB). Jim has held leadership roles in several national and international standards committees, including those in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T). He is past President of the US National Committee of the IEC (USNC) and serves on the ANSI board of directors.

Corinna Egerer

Presenter & Moderator

Corinna Egerer moderates business events with confidence, poise, charm and professionalism. Equally comfortable in both German and English, her extensive experience in the communication departments of several companies has given her the skills to successfully bring together the most diverse formats and target groups.

Location: Kap Europa

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